The Weekly Elder Poe Report
This week has been an amazing week of opportunity and learning as well as helping people come unto Christ. Briefly the highlights of the week have been thusly;
Saturday the other Elders in the ward in which I serve had an opportunity to see someone they had been working with enter the waters of baptism and then be confirmed a member of the Church by the laying on of hands. It was an amazing thing to be a part of and to help facilitate, the Spirit was incredibly strong at all times, and the Sunday in which the recent convert had gotten baptized was an amazing fast and testimony meeting for the ward.
In addition to that I saw an amazing example of someone demonstrating the Character of Christ. There is a sister in our ward that is currently not attending Church because she is out of town a lot of the time, she is the owner of a center that works with autistic children, they have a branch here in Ohio as well as in England, and another branch in Vegas. She got a call on Saturday where she was told that the company that is supposed to be handling the invoices for her Vegas practice, will be unable to pay her for at least a month probably more. Her response instead of yelling or taking it out on the poor young lady on the phone was to ask how it happened and what could be done to help fix it. The woman on the phone explained that there wasn’t really anything that could be done right now. Instead of getting upset with the phone lady the sister in our ward responded calmly and was accepting of the fact. Here is the truly remarkable part, the lady on the phone was so shocked by the kindness of our sister that she said she would bump her to the top of the priority queue, and the sister in our ward responded by asking her not to because that would mean someone else would get bumped down. So to recap our Sister found out she wasn’t going to get paid for at least a month, and her immediate response after realizing nothing can be done is to start making sure other people are taken care of before herself. This is truly a Christlike sister, and she was an amazing example to me of how we should all try and live. I would also encourage everyone who has the chance to, to read Elder Bednar’s “The Character of Christ” it is not on lds.org but a quick Google search will turn it up.
Unfortunately I am almost out of emailing time so this one will be a little short but one last incident from this week. We had dinner with a less active member who has actually had no contact or communication with the church for many years, he served a mission and was born and raised LDS but because of some of the stuff in his life he no longer believes in the Church and doesn’t like to talk about God. When we learned about this our natural question was of course why he would be willing to help feed us dinner and let us into his home to talk a bit? He then told us how several years ago he had lost his job and him and his family was being evicted from their apartment and they had packed up their stuff and put it in the truck but there were several pieces of heavy furniture that they weren’t sure what to do with because she was 3 months pregnant and he couldn’t move them by himself. Right as him and his wife were talking about it they got a call when he answered it, it was the missionaries calling to see how he was doing and if they could help out with anything. He told them about the couch and they showed up and helped him pack it up and then made sure that the Elders in the area they were moving to would be there to help unload everything. The lesson I learned from that is that no matter how far we wander and how far of the path we trod God always loves us, he is always there for us, and we are never forgotten and he will do everything he can to help us achieve peace in this life and happiness in the life to come. Farewell until next week my Brothers and Sisters
For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
How think ye? If a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?
And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep than of the ninety and nine which went not astray
The Report of Elder Hunter Poe